Jhulan Goswami at 38 years and 204 days became the oldest player after Sachin Tendulkar to take a Test wicket. She also became the oldest Indian fast bowler after Lala Amarnath (1952) to take a Test wicket.
My girls are less than the ends! This Bollywood dialogue may have been written for women wrestlers, but it is fitting on the cricket field as well. From Friday, Team India has to play the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand in Southampton, England, but the mission of the Indian women’s cricket team England has started from June 16.
Shefali Verma created history
Shafali Verma created history on Thursday, the second day of the one-off Test against England. Coming from Haryana, this 17-year-old aggressive opener played a quick innings of 96 runs. She missed her century by just four runs, making young Verma the highest run-scorer for India in Test debut. Apart from Shefali, Smriti Mandhana (78) also scored a fifty.
Team scattered after a good start
Despite a fine start against England, India scored 187 runs in the first innings for the loss of five wickets at the end of the third session. Shefali and Mandhana put on a brilliant 167-run partnership for the first wicket in 48.5 overs, but after Shefali’s dismissal, the wickets started falling and the team lost five wickets in just 16 runs.
Expectations from Captain Harmanpreet Kaur
After the dismissals of Shefali and Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, captain Mithali Raj and Poonam Raut returned to the pavilion cheaply. The team lost the first wicket in the form of Shefali for 167 runs, after which five wickets fell for 183 runs. By the end of the day’s play, Harmanpreet Kaur was playing with four runs while Deepti Sharma at the other end did not even open the account.
Shefali remained aggressive as always
The young batsman was making cut and pull shots in his own style. This 17-year-old player not only did well in defense but also easily hit a six on Nat Skiver. This was only the second six of the Indian women’s team in Test cricket. Mandhana was playing cautiously, but still she was fast. He made his first boundary on the skiver towards the cover area. Whenever he got a chance, he did not hesitate to play the pull shot. It was nice to see his drives. He hit 13 fours and two sixes before getting out. Mandhana then became the victim of the skiver, she scored 14 fours in her innings.
England scored 396 runs
England earlier declared their first innings score of 396 for nine, the highest score by any team in Test cricket against India. With this, the Indian team is trailing by 209 runs in the first innings. Indian bowlers had to struggle for the second day in a row. England started the game ahead of 269 for six, after which debutant Sofia Dunkley (74 not out) played two important partnerships with the tail batsmen besides an unbeaten half-century.
(with input from agency)